29 Dec

It’s That Time of Year

As the year draws to a close I find myself getting all ambitious about what I hope to accomplish and organize in the new year. Here’s last year’s list, and the year before. 2009 was a good post, balancing out the previous year’s angst one. Sometimes I wonder if it wouldn’t be better to feel this way in the spring when everything is bursting forth and being born, but I guess it’s a kind of clean slate after a busy birthdays to Halloween to Thanksgiving to birthday to Christmas run combined with new calendar year. January is typically quiet for me, and quiet leads to contemplation.

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So, what’s up for 2015?

Just sitting here writing this reminds me that I’d like to post more. Facebook has admittedly leached my sharing energy and I’m afraid I post there and rarely elaborate over here. I’d like to adjust that balance. I’m also on the verge of updating my website. Nothing big (I hope), but the current framework isn’t working well for me as I have an overflowing list of art that needs to be added to my online gallery and the gallery isn’t cooperating.

I’ll still be working on artwork ideas started in 2014. That flow from one year to the next never changes. I keep thinking I need to assign myself a more rigid work schedule. I could probably just start with less time online.

2015 is the year I’d like to improve my art marketing strategy. A newsletter may be in my future.

I will actively seek art venues for my work as opposed to quilt venues. Not to say I’m abandoning the latter, I just think I may have more audience in the former. I’d like to make “Craft the Internet” happen. I will admit that I have no idea where to start with all of this and that it scares and overwhelms me.

I’d like to have Modern Military Quilts (custom quilts made from customer’s uniforms) ready to launch when we settle on the left coast in the fall.

Yes, we’re moving this summer. This is scary too because we’re planning on buying a house for the very first time. I’m 49 years old and I’ve never bought a house. I am so ready though.

I’m still attending life drawing group. One of the ideas I’d like to pursue is to recreate some of my drawings in fabric and thread. Another idea is to institute Figure Drawing Fridays in which I post the fruits of Thursday’s session. That could get me posting more regularly.

I’ve been feeling the urge to paint/draw patterns. I’m very inspired by what Lisa Congdon has been posting on Instagram from her sketchbook and I readily admit the desire to copy the idea of those full, lush, pages. I also miss the sketchbook work I was doing when I took Melly Testa’s online art journaling class. I feel like I could revisit my tropical designs and quilt pattern ideas in a more casual, painterly way, filling sketchbook pages. It couldn’t do it daily, but maybe weekly. That might be a good way to get back to blogging more regularly. Last year’s daily self portraits only lasted three months though, so I’m not sure the staying power of this lark.

Speaking of regular posts, I was rather proud of myself yesterday when I realized that my new sweater dress was the same colors as a scarf I recently completed and together they made quite the fetching outfit. I had a fleeting thought of posting a hand knit each week as an ensemble, especially since I just finished a lovely aran sweater. Ha, I try to focus my blog and my message, but I just can’t escape my myriad interests and the schizophrenic posts they create!

And finally, that daily list I’ve been making? I stopped making it the last two weeks and I was completely discombobulated. I’m reading Art Inc by Lisa Congdon and she suggests a daily or weekly to-do list. It’s also the mainstay of “Getting Things Done.” The list stays.

5 thoughts on “It’s That Time of Year

  1. Excellent post! You have stated some of my goals and frustrations. I love the internet, but it is a time sink. I also miss Melanie’s class. It was the one time in my life I could journal frequently and not have it on the “should” list. I moved to weekly lists a while back. Mainly for self preservation. I have a tendency to make my daily list full enough for a week and felt frustrated when I didn’t get it all done. 2015 is a new year, a fresh start, and if I accomplish half of what I want to do, I’ll be pleased. Happy New Year!

  2. Enjoying your post! I find I’m in a similar quandary—how do you move from one year to the next….finishing old projects; starting new ones, and keeping the creative juices flowing the whole time.

    Admittedly, I’m not at your level, but I find myself doing more small projects as opposed to larger one—bed-sized. A new granddaughter is keeping my busy as well as my docent work at the Honolulu Museum of Art [mostly school tours].

    Working on a quilt for the next guild show as well as some for neices who are having babies in April—they are sisters, who are both giving birth within two weeks of each other!

    Happy New Year!
    Ellen

  3. Oh the life of moving with the military, or newly retired military as the case might be. (I do think we get more life adventures that many people because of all our moves) I am excited about you moving to the ‘left’ coast. It might mean that I could have a chance to see your artwork in person as we live on the ‘left’ coast. I know…it’s a long coast, but still a better chance. Congratulations on the future house, it’s exciting.

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